The No-nonsense Guide to your A-Level and GCSE Appeal (August/September 2021)

Expert Advice on How to Increase your Chances of a Successful Appeal

This tutorial, created and delivered by a specialist education law barrister, covers the key points that students and parents need to know to create a strong, persuasive appeal against a GCSE or A-Level grade following the release of the results in August 2021. The course includes advice on requesting information from the School or Centre, making an effective Centre Review (Stage 1), making an Awarding Organisation Appeal (Stage 2), and the Exam Procedures Review Service. Dr Sokol examines the permissible grounds of appeal at each stage, comments on the ‘unreasonable exercise of academic judgement’, provides concrete examples and writing samples, refers to relevant JCQ guidance, and offers invaluable tips on what to do and not to do to maximise the chances of a successful outcome. There is a free preview of the tutorial below (click "Part 1: Introduction and Request for Information").

Your Instructor

Daniel Sokol
Daniel Sokol

Dr Daniel Sokol, PhD, is a barrister specialising in education law and the Founder of Alpha Academic Appeals. He is a former University Lecturer and an accredited mediator. He has lectured and published widely on academic appeals and has appeared as an expert on the BBC and national newspapers. As a lawyer, he has acted for students and parents, as well as schools and teachers.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this tutorial for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How long does the course last?
It lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Why should I do this course?
The course will help students and parents: 1) understand the process (without having to spend hours reading through the voluminous guidance on the subject) 2) decide whether they should appeal a grade 3) identify arguments and lodge an effective and persuasive appeal
Is the course useful for both GCSE and A-level appeals?
Yes, the course covers the appeals process for both GCSE and A-levels.
Does the course come with any other resources?
The course is self-contained and contains links to relevant sources where appropriate.
Is this course relevant for A-level and GCSE appeals in 2021?
Yes, it was specifically created for A-level and GCSE results published on Tuesday 10th August 2021 (A-levels) and Thursday 12th August (GCSEs).
What is the presenter's experience of GCSE and A-level appeals?
Daniel Sokol is the senior barrister and founder of Alpha Academic Appeals ("AAA"), where he leads a team of 14 lawyers. Last year, AAA assisted hundreds of students and parents with their A-level and GCSE appeals.

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